Cycle Stop Valve


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Old 04-16-14, 11:15 AM
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Cycle Stop Valve

Good Afternoon

We are going to replace our pressure tank this weekend. My question is, if we have a low yield well, should we buy a large traditional bladder pressure tank? (I've read this allows the well more time to recover)

Or, I just found out about something called a cycle stop valve system, which allows us to use a tiny tank.

Which would be better for a low yield well?

Thanks,
Angela Green
 
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Old 04-16-14, 12:54 PM
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Are you having trouble running out of water? If so when or what are the circumstances when you run out of water? A cycle stop valve or large pressure tank will not alter the amount of water drawn from the well so I would not consider either a fix for a low producing well.
 
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Old 04-16-14, 02:47 PM
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We are losing water into the house, but we cannot figure out why. I posted another thread on the whole situation The well guy that came out said that we were running the well dry a year ago but we've had intermittent water this whole year. However, we haven't been using the water regularly. We don't run the dishwasher, wash our clothes at the laundry mat (I did start doing it at home again two weeks ago). Basically, we only use the water to shower and use the toilets. When we have dishes to wash, we sink wash them.

We haven't noticed any weather patterns that help or hinder our water input.

The well worked for 3 years and then we started getting rust colored dirt in the water. We've lifted and lowered the well pump but neither stops the dirt from coming in, so we installed a fancy filtration system. I was hoping that if we could give the well enough time to "recover" then we would stop losing pressure.
 
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Old 04-16-14, 03:13 PM
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A larger pressure tank can make up for a low yield well, but you need a slower pump that can run for longer intervals without running the well dry.
 
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Old 04-16-14, 03:23 PM
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Our current well pump is less than a year old, do you know if it's normal company policy to replace a well pump that they installed and should have known was too big?! Not sure where you are in the country, but I'm in Northern VA and they charged us $5,000 for this one.... can't afford another one.
 
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It's my understanding a cycle stop valve opens proportional to demand so it will in effect throttle your pump so it won't refill the tank too fast. They are normally paired with a small tank because the intention is to keep the pump running nearly constantly as long as water is demanded rather than constantly cycling.
 
 

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